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You look new. Would you like to be our mayor?

Something seems to be shifting in Seattle's sense of what it wants in a mayor. Yes, the gender thing is the most obvious. In the…

Centrist Seattle? Yeah, right

Seattle is a lefty city, but the primary election returns suggest we are trending even further to the left.  Not everyone agrees. Danny Westneat at…

A road trip across Washington State comes to an end

Anyone expecting a sea change in state politics is bound to be disappointed, even if, in the wake of last year’s divisive presidential election, some…

Day 5: Hunting for an outlaw, finding fire!

Davenport — Fire! We’d just been talking about it that morning. But it wasn’t really on our minds as we turned down on a long gravel…

Day 4: Soul-searching in plateau country

  Waterville — Coming out of the Wenatchee Valley, you wind up rock hills along the Columbia River and suddenly emerge on top of the Waterville…

Day 3: A tale of two Wenatchee farmers

  Wenatchee — The fruit growers’ world is both big and small. Their markets are national and global, yet their concerns and survival often hinge…

Day 2: In Cashmere, Aplets, Cotlets and a housing crisis

Cashmere — You enter the dry side of the Cascades at Leavenworth, the Bavarian-themed tourist village in a stunning alpine setting, and follow Highway 2…

Day 1: Hippie liberals leave a mark along Highway 2

Gold Bar — Highway 2 was a working highway. It was cobbled together from wagon roads, rail beds and horse trails. Westside towns in the…

Why a road trip across Washington?

Since last November’s election, it’s seemed more important than ever to get outside Puget Sound’s blue bubble. Political divisions have made it harder to connect…

One simple idea to open up Downtown Seattle

In a city that dreams big, it seems appropriate a meeting about a huge city project would be held in a place called The Cloud…

The real threat to Seattle’s ‘hottest neighborhood’ — it’s not drive-bys

Much ado has been made about a column by Seattle Times writer Nicole Brodeur about Columbia City in which she appeared to judge the neighborhood’s…

How activism changed the region’s transportation

Citizen activism is making a comeback, especially in Seattle. Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen the largest protest march in the city’s history — the…

Fate of UW campus in hands of state Supreme Court

“This is what this case is all about,” said attorney Patrick Schneider. He is standing before the members of the Washington State Supreme Court in…

Is Sea-Tac too good for Ivar’s now?

I admit it. I’m an Ivar’s fan. After all, they once named a cocktail after me. But it goes deeper than that. Ivar’s is a…

In a more crowded Seattle, Discovery Park provides a lesson

On a recent sunny weekend, I was standing in Discovery Park with two of the people most responsible for the existence of this gem of…